Small Biz profile

Home medical supply firm grows as industry boom approaches

July 10, 2010
Joe Jasinski

David Hartley pulled $85,000 from his savings six years ago to buy Home Health Depot Inc. Nearly six years later, Hartley has reinvented the Indianapolis-based home medical equipment supplier, growing from a single office in Greenwood to 12 locations in Indiana and Illinois—and increasing annual revenue from $300,000 to more than $6.7 million.


Independent optic lab fights giants with technologyRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Bill Harding and his two partners in LensTech Optical, Greg Kyle and Greg Dallas, are striving to keep up with as many of the changes in the eyeglass manufacturing business as possible. It's a tall order for a lab with fewer than 30 employees.

Stone Creek owner adding to his dining empire

May 8, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mike Cunningham has run dining spots ranging from a bar and grill to yogurt stands and is now growing a popular chain of upscale restaurants—primarily under the Stone Creek Dining Co. name—in Indiana and Ohio.

Noblesville company has high hopes for pomegranate

April 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Verdure Sciences, a botanical-extract distributor, has invested more than $1 million in marketing and research, and hopes to see its product in more foods and drinks, perhaps even mouthwash.

Adversity prepared health exec for new role at helm of SynCare

January 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Stephanie DeKemper believes everything in her adult life has prepared her to run SynCare LLC. She’s so sure that she’s buying the company.

Safis Solutions speaks 'FDA'Restricted Content

December 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis regulatory compliance consultant Safis Solutions snares contracts with Eli Lilly, other big clients. CEO Ping Poulsen has built company to 20 employees.

Barber shop thrives on retro appealRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Brownsburg's Everyday Joe's Barber Shop offers personal touch and a retro look.

Marketing firm Brandwidth helps clients with online brandingRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Firm combines traditional marketing, Web technology to help companies build successful brands. Measurable results help companies document effectiveness.

Elwood rock store expands inventoryRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Marc D. Allan
Spencer Lapidary expands offerings to include stained glass and silver.

Fishers biz grows from dog-walking to full-service pet careRestricted Content

August 29, 2009
Marc D. Allan
Cristi Melson started Purrs & Gurrs 2-1/2 years ago with an idea and some fliers she distributed door to door. She didn’t have a formal business plan then and still doesn’t.

Candle company cooks up products with a 'green' twistRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Kim Puckett
After working in retail management for four years, Rich and Jodi Scheve decided to take business into their own hands—and their own garage. Passing on business plans for Subway and South Bend Chocolate Co. franchises, the couple skirted heavy franchise fees and started Twisted Wick Candle Co.

Blue House Salon keeps it simpleRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Blue House salon owner Phil Salmon spends no money on advertising and yet makes a six-figure salary.

HVAC company heats up sales in cool economy through acquisitions

May 25, 2009
George Umbarger
Doubling annual sales might seem an impossible feat in a recession, but at the modest office of Williams Comfort Air and Metzler's Mr. Plumber, it is a reality.

Liquor store adapts to local tastesRestricted Content

April 27, 2009
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
When Mr. G's Liquor opened in 1977, the wines du jour were Madera and Blue Nun. Bartels & Jaymes wine coolers were all the rage, and few of us had heard of craft beer. Today, Mr. G's is in its third location, where a 36-foot wall of whiskeys, vodkas and gins is rivaled only by the kiosks fully laden with local, domestic and imported wines and beers chilling in coolers.

Family business repairs what others tossRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
Marc D.
Much of downtown has been erased and rebuilt over the last 38 years, but quietly and with almost no notice, Cento's Shoes has remained one of the few constants.

Recruiter optimistic in challenging timesRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Tracy Donhardt
With the economy nosediving and companies laying off workers by the hundreds and thousands, Kerns International LLC's owner admits it's a difficult time to be running an executive search firm.

Mass Ave shops thrive 'in the city'Restricted Content

December 29, 2008
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Talk to anyone about Kristin Kohn and her "In the City" ventures and you hear the same thing, over and over: Smart. Enthusiastic. Fun. Entrepreneurial. And hardworking, especially when it comes to Massachusetts Avenue.

Crime-scene cleanup company eases burden of trauma victimsRestricted Content

May 19, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
On any given day, employees of Bio-Trauma 911 Inc. could be dealing with everything from the mess left by a decomposing body to a home that's been declared a biohazard. What may sound like a scene out of "CSI" is in fact a day at the office for the seven-person crime-scene cleanup company housed in unassuming offices in a strip center on East 56th Street at Interstate 465.

Beef & Boards stays popular by catering to audience, insisting on quality actorsRestricted Content

April 14, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Indianapolis-based Beef & Boards has survived 3-1/2 decades by giving viewers what they want. "We cater to our audience," said owner and artistic director Doug Stark. "I have no artistic problem with that."

Lip balm receiving high praise from music industry pros

January 31, 2005
Scott Olson
Dan Gosling's failure to nail a position with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra may have been a blessing in disguise; for if he had, he would not have had time to create his ChopSaver lip balm he's marketing to musicians. "It was disappointing to say the least," Gosling said of his tryout in May in which he advanced all the way to the final round.
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